Michelle Smith’s Tips for Making Sequins Edgy


Michelle Smith, the designer behind Milly by Michelle, is taking things to the dark side for her Fall 2014 collection. Or, the dusk side, we should say.

“It’s a different mood,” Smith told Glam backstage at Lincoln Center before her collection made its debut. “This collection I named ‘dusk’ and it’s the colors of nightfall—so there is a moodiness to [the clothing].”

“I still love using technical fabrics, but I brought in a lot more traditional fabrics as well, such as lace, in a modern way: re-pleating them, re-embroidering them, the finish on leather, the sequins

Speaking of sequins (we spied several shiny pieces on her racks), we asked the mother-of-two how we could not only dress down sequins, but make the trend more edgy and less cute-sy. Using her look as a reference, she said, “I’m wearing a sequin dress but I actually have a black cashmere sweater of it. So, find something matte or textural to dress it down.”

Done and Done, Michelle!